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John Innes Centre

JIC is an independent, international centre of excellence in plant science and microbiology. Our mission is to carry out fundamental and strategic research, to train scientists and to make our findings available to society.

The scientific research at the Centre makes use of a wide range of disciplines in the biological and chemical sciences, including cell biology, biochemistry, chemistry, genetics and molecular biology.

The John Innes Centre is proud to hold a Silver Award from Athena SWAN. The Athena SWAN charter recognizes and celebrates good practice in recruiting, retaining and promoting women in the fields of science, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM). JIC was the first research institute to win a Silver Award. For more information, go to https://www.jic.ac.uk/training-careers/athena-swan/

The John Innes Centre is a registered charity (No. 223852), limited by guarantee (registered in England No. 511709) and is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

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Post Number1003308
Job TitlePostdoctoral Researcher
Closing Date27 Aug 2017
Gradesc6
Starting Salary£30,750 - £37,750
Hours per week 37
Project Title The role of cell-to-cell communication in plant pathogen interactions
Expected/Ideal Start Date 02 Oct 2017
Months Duration 36
Main purpose of the job The postdoc will be responsible for performing independent research that contributes to a variety of research areas within the lab, and further have responsibility for managing the Faulkner lab.
Department Crop Genetics
The Department of Crop Genetics undertakes fundamental research on the biology of cereals, brassicas and legumes to understand the genetic and molecular basis of phenotypic variation. A major goal is to develop the technologies and knowledge base to provide a predictive framework that will underpin conventional and novel plant breeding strategies. This will enable high-yielding, stress and disease resistant varieties, with a particular end-use quality, suitable for an efficient but benign agriculture.
Group Details The Faulkner laboratory is focused on intercellular communication in plants during defence responses. Cell-to-cell communication is a fundamental biological process, necessary for the co-ordination of development and environmental responses in multicellular organisms. We study the role of intercellular symplastic channels called plasmodesmata in the regulation of molecules from cell-to-cell, and how this contributes to the success of both infection and defence. We employ a wide variety of approaches to examine these processes, with an emphasis on cell biology, molecular biology and biochemistry based approaches.
Advert Text Postdoctoral Researcher



Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Researcher to join the Laboratory of Dr Christine Faulkner at the John Innes Centre



Background:



The Faulkner laboratory is focused on intercellular communication in plants during defence responses. Cell-to-cell communication is a fundamental biological process, necessary for the co-ordination of development and environmental responses in multicellular organisms. We study the role of intercellular symplastic channels called plasmodesmata in the regulation of molecular exchange between cells, and how this contributes to the success of both infection and defence. We employ a wide variety of approaches to examine these processes, with an emphasis on cell biology, molecular biology and biochemistry based approaches.



The role:



The postdoctoral researcher will be responsible for performing independent research that contributes to many aspects of the laboratory’s work. In addition, the successful applicant will take primary responsibility for managing the Faulkner laboratory, including the effective use of resources, supervision of visitors and assisting with training others.



The ideal candidate:



The ideal candidate will possess a PhD in biological science and have in-depth knowledge of plant immune responses and a range of plant pathogens. They will possess skills and knowledge in plant molecular biology and plant biochemistry, as well as good organisational skills. Skills in the live cell imaging of plants would be advantageous.



Additional information:



Salary on appointment will be within the range £30,750 to £37,750 per annum depending on qualifications and experience. This post is for a contract of three years.



For further information and details of how to apply, please visit our web site https://jobs.jic.ac.uk or contact Human Resources, Norwich BioScience Institutes Partnership, Norwich Norwich Bioscience Institutes, Norwich, NR4 7UH, UK, 01603 450462 quoting reference 1003308.



As a Disability Confident employer, we guarantee to offer an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for this vacancy. The John Innes Centre is also proud to hold a Silver Award from Athena SWAN and is a member of Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme.



The closing date for applications will be 27th August 2017.

Key relationships The postdoc will be supervised by Dr Christine Faulkner and interact with the wider scientific community across the NBI.
Main Activities & ResponsibilitiesPercentage
Perform research relating to cell-to-cell communication during plant-pathogen interactions60
Be primary lab manager for the Faulkner group, including the effective use of resources, supervision of visitors to the laboratory and assisting with training others, encouraging scientific excellence 25
Ensure research and record keeping is carried out in accordance with good practice, Scientific Integrity and in compliance with local policies and any legal requirements5
As agreed with line manager, any other duties commensurate with the nature of the role5
Prepare results, reports and manuscripts for publication in leading scientific journals and other relevant media5

Education & QualificationsRequirementImportance
PhD (full award or expected within 6 months) or equivalent in biological sciencesEssential
BSc or equivalent in biological sciences or a related fieldEssential

Specialist Knowledge & SkillsRequirementImportance
Plant molecular biologyEssential
Plant tissue culture and transformationEssential
Plant pathogens and immune responsesEssential
Live cell imagingDesirable
Plant biochemistryDesirable

Relevant ExperienceRequirementImportance
Demonstrated ability to perform research and develop novel ideas Essential
Proven record in preparing data for publication and grant writing Essential
Experience of oral research presentationsEssential
Experience of supervising, training and mentoring visitors and studentsDesirable

Interpersonal & Communication SkillsRequirementImportance
Excellent communication skills, both written and oralEssential
Good interpersonal skills, with the ability to work as part of a teamEssential
Demonstrated ability to work independentlyEssential
Excellent time management and organisational skillsEssential
Ability to collaborate with internal and external stakeholdersEssential
Ability to follow instructions/Standard Operating ProceduresEssential
Promotes and strives for continuous improvementEssential
Highly motivated with the ability to learn quicklyEssential
Ability to observe and reason accuratelyEssential

Additional RequirementsRequirementImportance
Promotes equality and values diversityEssential
Willingness to embrace the expected values and behaviours of all staff at the Institute, ensuring it is a great place to workEssential
Able to present a positive image of self and the Institute, promoting both the international reputation and public engagement aims of the Institute Essential
Ability to maintain confidentiality and security of information where appropriate Essential
Willingness to work outside standard working hours when required Essential
Ability to undertake occasional travel (national and international) related to collaborations and/or seminars Essential

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